Sycamore Leaf

April 3, 2021

Reopening Update

Whether your student is starting to come to class in our Hybrid Model this week or adjusting to 100% distance learning with their teacher, this will be an exciting week. So many of you have already read the parent materials, participated in surveys and followed the changes that bring us to this point. I sincerely thank you for your attention to these changes and for your thoughtful planning to make it work for your student and family.

I want be sure everyone is aware and able to choose and engage in the plan that works best for their child. Please use the clickable blue text links to access additional information. To start, please acquaint yourself with the new Phase 2 plan. The plan increases students' in-person learning time and allows students in the blended program to stay with their current teacher in distance learning. A previous email message provided general information on the plan, and your child's teacher has also shared their schedule for meeting the needs of their class. We do need to know which students will be coming in person and which will continue in distance learning. A survey asked parents to select the program they want for their child. I am asking every family to consider these choices and provide a response to this survey. Please respond to this survey this weekend, if you haven't already.

Families recently received a mailing with information about our process for dropping-off and picking-up students during in-person learning. Those of you who have been around campus have seen the signage on Yale and Harvard to note these areas. Please refer to those materials and follow staff directions as you drive or walk your child to school. We hope to work together to make this process as smooth as possible. Please note: the in-person learning time now ends at 11:00 AM. Please prepare to drop off at 8:00 AM and pick up at 11:00 AM.

For detailed information on our Phase 2 procedures, review our school's Phase 2 Hybrid Learning Guide. Refer to your child's Canvas page and teacher's notes for classroom specific schedules. For more information about safety, review this CUSD Safety Video.

If you need to know your child’s cohort assignment, refer to the email you received at 3:58 PM on March 12 or email me for assistance. Students in Cohort A will begin in person at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 12. Cohort B students will begin their in-person sessions at 8:00 AM on the morning of Thursday, April 15. Those students who will remain in 100% distance learning should refer to their Canvas page and teacher communication for details on their schedule for joining online lessons and completing asynchronous lessons.

Thank you for your continued support of your children and our staff.


Amy Stanger

Activities beyond the classroom

Because our lunch time is shortened slightly in the Phase 2 hybrid schedule, student clubs will all meet from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM. Students are welcome to enjoy their lunch during club time. The following activities will be available to students this week:

12:30-1:00 Wednesday: Student Leadership

12:30-1:00 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club and K-6 Lunch Bunch

12:30-1:00 Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch

During the week of APRIL 19, we'll host a full club schedule from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM. All club links continue to be available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page.


April 5-9: Spring Break, no school

April 12 and April 15: start dates for elementary students in the Hybrid Program (Cohort A starts Monday and Cohort B starts Thursday)

April 12 @ 6:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043 Passcode: equity

Equity and Inclusion Committee Meets Monday

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its monthly meeting this Monday, April 12th from 6-7:30pm. Come check in after the first day of the hybrid return-to-school, share your perspectives on the District Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, and help us plan future E&I meetings.

Zoom link below. Contact with any questions.

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043 Passcode: equity

Claremont Educational Foundation Toyota Raffle

Claremont Educational Foundation has long been a supporter of Claremont's students. As a part of their fundraising and partnership with schools, CEF holds an annual Toyota car raffle. Claremont Toyota has donated a brand new 2021 Toyota Rav 4 to this year's raffle, and in June, one person will be the lucky winner. Tickets sell for $20. Seven dollars of each ticket comes back to our school, and the balance of the ticket price is profit for CEF. In turn, CEF donates those funds back to CUSD to support the arts and technology. We will sell tickets in the school office, if you call ahead. We encourage you to participate!